Women’s 1,500m-2013 End-of-year Review

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Women’s 1,500m-2013 End-of-year Review

Unread post by zeru » 01 Jan 2014 16:01

The 1500m season was dominated by Sweden’s 23-year-old Abeba Aregawi.
Aregawi, who had competed for Ethiopia at the London 2012 Olympics games, but switched to her adopted country in December 2012, won each and every one of her 10 starts in 2013.
This streak included six wins at IAAF Diamond League meetings, the European Athletics Indoor Championships title and of course the IAAF World Championships gold medal where she beat the USA’s reigning champion, Jenny Simpson, who finished very fast but really didn’t get too close in the end.
Aregawi’s season was perfect.
She ran 3:58.40 for a 2013 world leading time indoors and national indoor record in front of her home audience, a 3:56.60 national record and outdoor world-leading time at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha in early May, as well as 1:59.20 800m national record.
Behind Aregawi in Doha, Kenya’s 19-year-old Kenyan Faith Kipyegon started her campaign with a massive 3:56.98 national record and African junior record but could not find the same form during the rest of the season.
Kipyegon finished fifth in Moscow, but Kenya still won a 1500m medal through Hellen Obiri, was won the bronze.
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